Prince Charles wants harvest workers to harvest fruit and vegetables

Cheryl Sanders
May 22, 2020

As part of efforts to support British farmers and growers to recruit workers throughout the harvest period, the government and industry have launched the Pick for Britain website to help match up available opportunities with local jobseekers.

Because of the level of training and skill required - the industry is particularly looking for those who can work for the duration of the summer harvest between the months of May and September.

The Prince of Wales posted a video on Twitter pleading people to take on the "unglamorous" task to pick fruits and vegetables as he stands outside by green pastures.

Prince Charles appeared in a video on the Clarence House Twitter page in support for the "Pick for Britain" campaign, a United Kingdom government initiative which seeks to find people work on produce farms, particularly those who are furloughed. The royal also added that if British fruit and vegetables are aimed for harvest this year, they need an "army of people" to help out.

"The food and farming sector is no exception", he said".

"Harvesting runs until the early Autumn and people are needed who are genuinely going to commit", he explained from his home in Birkhall.

Defra launched the initiative "Pick for Britain" last month to bring workers and employers together as the impact of Covid-19 leaves a diminished workforce.

The prince, who runs an organic farm at his home in Gloucestershire, says in the video: "Food does not happen by magic, it all begins with our remarkable farmers and growers".

He likened the project to the Women's Land Army, which helped boost Britain's food production during the Second World War.

'If the previous few weeks have proved something, it's that meals is valuable and valued, and it can't be taken for granted.

"This is why the great movement of the Second World War - the Land Army - is being rediscovered in the newly created "Pick for Britain" campaign".

"At this time of great uncertainty, many of our normal routines and regular patterns of life are being challenged".

He said: "It will be hard graft but is hugely important if we are to avoid the growing crops going to waste". The phrase I have often heard is "pickers who are stickers".

"They may be wanting to get out and they may be wanting to supplement their income, with an additional job and I would urge them to visit that website, and to look at the opportunities that are there".

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